It was August 23rd, 2016, when I went in for the first part of my autism assessment, an in-person interview with myself and the person who would be reviewing my childhood history and medical records.
By the end of August, all of the interviews would be concluded, and by early September 2016, at the age of 29, I would be diagnosed Autistic.
At that point in my life, being almost 30 and having such a bombshell of a piece of information dropped upon me, I skimmed a 13 page (actually 14 page) diagnostic report, but was very overwhelmed, and couldn’t process the report in front of me. In fact, I threw the report into a paper shredder, and destroyed the report.
However, recently, more than five years later, I’m feeling more ready to face the information that was in front of me all of those years ago. Continue reading Late NeuroDivergent Diagnosis – Diagnosed Autistic at 29 – Reading my Autism Diagnostic Report
I didn’t find out I was Autistic until I was 29, and my ADHD wasn’t diagnosed until several years later, however, autism and ADHD are both lifelong neurodevelopmental differences.
This means I was Autistic and ADHD my entire life, growing up, as a child, and I will be Autistic ADHD, my brain will be the same, the day I die.
There were obvious manifestations of my brain difference as a child growing up, many of which were labeled as “behavioral problems” and dismissed, or I was constantly scolded for acting in a very Autistic ADHD way.
Continue reading Things I Got in Trouble for Growing up as an Undiagnosed Autistic ADHDer
I recently had the extreme pleasure of being invited onto the Adulting Autistic Podcast. In this episode we talk about stimming, friendships as an autistic adult, life after an adult diagnosis, and more! Subscribe to the Adulting Autistic Podcast: Spotify … Continue reading The Adulting Autistic Podcast – Adult Diagnosis, Stimming, Friendships, & More!
For me, I’m highly, highly capable, and even more capable than a lot of people I know – neurotypical, autistic, or otherwise – in certain areas that are my areas of expertise. . . but then sometimes there are just other things where I can appear completely and totally – maybe emotionally – immature. Continue reading I Wish People Understood – Autistic Strengths & Weaknesses
Life is more enjoyable when you aren’t preoccupied with being somewhere else (of in my case somewhen). Living in the future causes anxiety and stops you from seeing the joys right in front of you. I know this now but it took thirty years to figure this out. Continue reading Wanting to Be Older
It is important to be cautious with who you let into your life because the people you spend time with tend to rub off on you. There are people who will suck the life out of you and people who will help you to succeed. Continue reading Friendships & Loneliness